Prime Minister Thanks U.S. for Supporting Thailand’s Efforts to Tackle COVID-19

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha has thanked the U.S. government for supporting Thailand’s endeavors to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

He met Mrs. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, who paid a courtesy call on him on 11 August 2021, on occasion of her visit to Thailand as guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.

According to Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations underscored the need for all parties to forge cooperation in response to the COVID-19 crisis. She commended the Thai government’s prompt and proper allocation of U.S.-donated Pfizer vaccine, saying that the U.S. has planned to hand over an additional one million doses of vaccine and related assistance, worth US$5 million, to Thailand to support its fight against COVID-19.

The Prime Minister stressed that Thailand and the U.S. have had a number of relevant policies, under which cooperation in various aspects could be promoted, including the development cooperation at both bilateral, regional, Mekong subregional, and multilateral (UN) levels, to tackle current and future challenges.

Both sides also exchanged views on the Myanmar situation, and came to terms on humanitarian assistance provided to the country. As Myanmar’s neighboring country, Thailand has closely followed up on the situation, especially along the border, and stands ready to cooperate with the global community and the U.S. to solve the problem in a sustainable manner.

The Prime Minister affirmed Thailand’s commitment and strong adherence to the humanitarian principle to provide assistance to the people affected by the situation in Myanmar. Concerned agencies of both Thailand and the U.S. are also ready to share experiences and join forces in providing humanitarian and public health assistance to the Myanmar people.

The two parties also discussed the climate change issue. The Prime Minister affirmed that the environmental issue is part of the Thai government’s agenda, with the aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2065-2070. He would also be glad to welcome U.S. businesses to invest in Thailand under the Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Model.

Source: The Government Public Relations Department

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